Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

A PICT Classic Theatre Radio Drama
Streaming December 16, 2020-January 3, 2021

TICKETS COMING SOON

Following the success of October’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll, PICT Classic Theatre is thrilled to bring Charles Dickens’ cherished holiday classic to life in this world premiere audio experience!

Dickens drew from his own memories of childhood in Victorian London to create one of the most beloved and enduring classics of the winter season. Join PICT for this tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge and his journey of redemption as he learns the joyous spirit of Christmas.

Adapted and Directed by Alan Stanford, A Christmas Carol features the talents of Martin Giles*, James FitzGerald*, Shammen McCune*, Karen Baum*, Ken Bolden*, Lisa Ann Goldsmith*, Michael Patrick Trimm*, Jake Pedersen, Jonathan Visser*, Brady D. Patsy, Allison Svagdis, Saige Smith, Everett Lowe, Grace Vensel, and Eamonn McElfresh. Cory Goddard and Jason Shavers serve as Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager, respectively. Kristopher Buggey returns to PICT as Sound Designer and Recording Supervisor, as does Assistant Sound Designer and Music Director Reed Allen Worth. Catherine Kolos and Patrick McCall round out the team as PICT’s COVID-19 Compliance Officers.

This radio play will stream through Broadway OnDemand beginning December 16, 2020.
PreSale tickets will be available in early December.

CAST & CREW

Karen Baum* (Mrs. Crachit, Mrs. Fezziwig & others) Karen Baum is on-fire ecstatic to be onboard with this inspiring team of artists embarking on this new platform, following the stream of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll (Mrs. Poole), marking her 26th production with PICT. PICT CREDITS: Jane (Jane Eyre),  Shirley (Shirley Valentine), Rita (Educating Rita), Mena (Sive), Lavinia Penniman (The Heiress), Nurse (R&J), Nerissa (Merchant), Trassie Conlee (Sharon’s Grave), Mary Detweiler (How the Other Half Loves), Nancy (Oliver Twist), Alais (Lion in Winter),  Clarinda (For the Tree to Drop), Mrs. Joe/Biddy (Great Expectations), Sphinx (Oedipus), Hecate (Macbeth), Scarecrow (Woman & Scarecrow), Edith (Blithe Spirit), Don Juan Comes Back from the War, King Lear, The Shaugraun, Boston Marriage, The Old Curiosity Shop, Run the Rabbit Path and The Woman in Black. PITTSBURGH CREDITS:  Pittsburgh Public Theater (recently Poppy/Noises Off & Virtually, Portia, Merchant of Venice), St. Vincent Summer Theatre, Off the Wall, Playhouse REP, NoName Players, UnSeam’d Shakespeare, Bricolage, Squonk Opera, U.of Pitt’s Shakespeare in the Schools, CMU Interactive, and the Games for Change conference in NYC. REGIONAL: Public Theatre of KY, Theatre54 NY, and various Chicago venues, Arizona Shakespeare (Virtual)  Film/TV: Promised Land, The Outsiders,  The Road, My Bloody Valentine 3D, KillPoint (Spike TV), The War that Made America (PBS), pilot cast of Ghosthunters:PSI, The Magic Words,  A Fancy Piece of Homicide, many table reads for Netflix and locally-filmed television shows and films. A BFA grad of Point Park, Karen is also a teaching artist for PICT, The Public, CLO, Hope Academy, and Colfax.  Big thanks to this fantastic team, family, and PICT audiences.  Please stay well everyone!

Ken Bolden* (Fezziwig & others) ):  Is so pleased to return to PICT where he was last heard in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and in the Bloomsday broadcast.  Previous appearances are:  The Old Curiosity Shop, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, The Merchant of Venice, The Crucifer of Blood, Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, and The Picture of Dorian Grey. He has also worked extensively at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Quantum Theatre, City Theatre, and barebones.  Film work includes:  Sorority Row, Fathers and Daughters, Little Evil, and Marshall. TV: “Gone,” and various PA Lottery commercials.  He is about to start work on the new NetFlix series, Archive 81.  He is very grateful to have acting work during these uncertain times; thank you all for tuning in!

James FitzGerald* (Bob Crachit, Jacob Marley) James is an actor, teacher and private coach specializing in Shakespeare and classical styles of acting. He is also a company member of PICT Classic Theatre appearing in The Heiress (Dr. Sloper), Waiting for Godot (Didi), Oedipus (Tieresius), Sive (Thomasheen Sean Rua), Merchant of Venice (Shylock), Sharon’s Grave (Dinzie), Oliver Twist (Fagin), as well as 30 other PICT productions. Other Pittsburgh credits: Watson, Hound of the Baskervilles (Kinetric Theater), Charles Ives, Charles Ives, Take Me Home (City Theatre), End of the Affair, All the Names (Quantum Theatre), 1776, Royal Family, Born Yesterday, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Forum, Our Town (Pittsburgh Public Theater), Candide (Opera Theatre), Heads (Pittsburgh Playhouse). Regional credits: Marriot’s Lincolnshire Theater, Chicago’s Second City, ETC., The Royal George, Apple Tree, among other Chicago venues including sixteen seasons with Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Other regional credits include Urbanite Theatre (Sarasota FL), Cape May Stage, Milwaukee Rep, the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival. Off Broadway: Rose Rage, directed by Edward Hall. Awards: Recipient of two Joseph Jefferson Awards (Best Supporting Actor), a Jeff Citation (Best Actor), Jeff nomination for Best Actor, and an OE Award Nomination (Best Supporting Actor). James is a company member of PICT and Featured Artist in 2014. He was also named Performer of the Year 2016 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Martin Giles* (Scrooge) has worked with PICT Classic Theatre, as actor and director, for nearly twenty years.  Most recently onstage in The Woman In Black and A Midsummer Night’s Dream,  and in the radio drama The Strange History Of Dr. Jekyll.  He has also been teaching masked and distanced Freshman actors at COPA of Point Park University.

Lisa Ann Goldsmith* (Ensemble Voices) – Lisa Ann is an actor and director with many New York and regional credits, including Kate in the World Premiere of Windfall directed by Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander (Arkansas Rep); Audrey in As You Like It and The Courtesan in The Comedy of Errors (Pittsburgh Public Theater); Kate in Brighton Beach Memoirs, Laurel in Torch Song Trilogy, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and Mame in Mame (Human Race Theatre Company); Macbeth in Macbeth 3 and Sasha/Marmaduke in Orlando (Unseam’d Shakespeare); ten years as Mrs. Cratchit in A Musical Christmas Carol (Pittsburgh CLO); Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tulsa Shakespeare in the Park); Veronica in God of Carnage (Theatre by the Sea); Cassius in Julius Caesar (Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks); Gretchen in Boeing, Boeing (CLO Cabaret); Mrs. Staunton in The Speckled Band and The Woman in The Father (Kinetic Theatre) and many others. PICT audiences have seen her in The Shaughraun, Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Eyre. Lisa Ann is the co-host of the internationally known podcast The Bardcast: It’s Shakespeare, You Dick! with listeners in six of the seven world continents! On Apple, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, Amazon, Pandora, or wherever you get your podcasts!

Everett Lowe (Ensemble Voices) Everett Lowe is delighted to be lending his voice(s) to A Christmas Carol, and to be working with such a charming group of spirited artists. While this is Everett’s PICT debut, he’s no stranger to the Pittsburgh stage. A performance theater graduate of Geneva College, Everett has been privileged to work with many other theater companies and festivals around the city, including Prime Stage Theatre, 12 Peers Theatre, No Name Players, Throughline Theatre, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, Pittsburgh Fringe Festival, Attack Theatre, Future Tenant, Little Lake, and Cup-A-Jo Productions (where he serves as Managing Director), just to name a few. Many thanks to Alan, Catherine, and to this wonderful cast and crew for the opportunity to share a timeless holiday classic. Love always to my family and friends for their continual support and encouragement.

Shammen McCune* (The Three Spirits) Shammen is thrilled to be back in the historic WQED Studio playing all three Ghosts in A Christmas Carol and was last seen on PICT’s stage in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 2019 saw Shammen as the Ghost of Christmas Present (aka “Lena Horne”) as well as a variety of characters in Bricolage’s Midnight Radio series, Yinzer Scrooged; Brutus with Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks all-female Julius Caesar and Caliban in the all-female production of Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski’s The Tempest for the Pittsburgh Public Theater. Elsewhere around the ‘burgh, you may have seen her in: Inside Passage, Yerma, 36 Views, and The Task for Quantum Theater; Romeo and Juliet and Oedipus Rex here with PICT, B.U.S. for Bricolage Production Company, or in Mercy & the Firefly and Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods for Pittsburgh Playhouse Rep.  Regionally, Shammen has worked with: Barter Theater, Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati, First-Stage Milwaukee, Phoenix Theater, Stage One, New Harmony Theater, American Players Theater, Native Voices at the Autry, Academy for New Musical Theater, Theater Neo, and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, where she is a co-founding company member.  She also has a smattering of television/film credits: Arrested Development, The Last Witch Hunter, Downward Dog, and the board game, SpyQuest.

Eamonn McElfresh (Tiny Tim & others) Eamonn McElfresh is excited to make his PICT debut in Radio Program, A Christmas Carol. He’s a student at Pittsburgh CAPA and The CLO Academy. He recently performed in Front Porch Theatricals Fun Home, Split Stage Productions Titanic The Musical, and Quantum Theatre’s Chatterton. He would like to thank everyone in the cast and crew for their guidance and mentorship throughout this production and his family for their love and support.

Brady D. Patsy (Ensemble Voices)

Jake Pedersen (Young Scrooge, Peter Cratchit) Jake is thrilled to be joining the PICT family! He currently is a senior in the BFA Musical Theatre Program at Penn State University. Jake is a CLO Academy Alumni and received the 2017 Gene Kelly Award for best actor. Regionally he has worked on a series of classics and new works suck as Newsies at The New London Barn Playhouse in New Hampshire, The Last Day written by Mike Reid and Sarah Schlesinger, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at Totem Pole Playhouse. Jake would like to thank everyone at PICT for welcoming him with open arms. @jake.ped www.jakepedersen.com

Saige Smith (Martha Cratchit, Niece & others) Saige Smith (Point Park University B.F.A MT ‘18) is excited to bring in the holidays with the PICT family this year! Professional credits include: James Joyce’s Ulysses (‘Nausicaa’) for Bloomsday and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia) with PICT, Beyond The Moon (Mae Jemison) with Pittsburgh CLO, The Shakespeare Show with TheatreSquared based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Welcome to Moonside (Dawn) With Vigilance Theater, The Monologue Project, and The Dramatists Guild Conference of 2018. Conservatory credits include Big Love (Olympia), The House of Bernarda Alba (Poncia), The Bluest Eye (Frieda), The Sea (Mafanwy), 1940s Radio Christmas Carol (Margie).

Allison Svagdis (Belle, Belinda Cratchit & others) Allison Svagdis is overjoyed to be joining the PICT family and making her official debut in A Christmas Carol. She recently received her BFA in Acting from Point Park University. Past credits include various cheeky Zoom performances, The Scarlet Letter (Hester Prynne), Vinegar Tom (Susan), Horse Girls (Ashleigh), and Intentions (Girl). As always, she wishes to thank her family and friends for their endless support, as well as PICT for keeping the magic of theatre alive. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! allisonsvagdis.com IG: alli_laine

Michael Patrick Trimm (Fred, Dick & others) Michael Patrick Trimm is excited to be making his PICT debut! Off-Broadway Credits include: Public Theater (Julius Caesar), and New Wave Theater Co. (The New Sincerity). Regional Credits include: Pittsburgh Public Theater (American Son, A Few Good Men),  Kitchen Theater Co (Hand to God),  Hangar Theater (Little Women), Ithaca Shakespeare Co. (Henry IVA Midsummer Night’s Dream),  4615 Theatre Co. (Dracula),  Wellfleet Harbor Actors’ Theater (Raging Skillet), and Prime Stage Theater (Everything’s Fine). Michael is a graduate of Ithaca College’s BFA Acting program. He is dually based out of Pittsburgh and NYC. www.michaelpatricktrimm.com

Grace Vensel (Fan & others) Grace Vensel is so grateful to be back with her PICT family for A Christmas Carol. Her previous PICT performances include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cobweb) and Jane Eyre (Adele). She is a sophomore at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School. Regional credits include Carnegie Mellon University’s Ragtime (Little Girl), Quantum Theatre’s The Hard Problem (Cathy), Prime Stage’s To Kill a Mockingbird (Scout) and The Giver (Fiona). Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center credits include: Mary Poppins (Jane), The Sound of Music (Marta Von Tapp), Frozen Jr. (Elsa). Pittsburgh CLO credits include: A Musical Christmas Carol, Gypsy, Brigadoon and Grease. Film credits include: “A New Normal”, “Flatwoods” and “My Boyfriend’s Daughter.” Grace is in her 9th year of study at the Pittsburgh CLO Academy. Grace would like to thank her teachers, family and friends for their constant love and support.

Jonathan Visser (Topper, Stavely & others) Jonathan’s next film will be releasing December 4th on Amazon Prime, I’m Your Woman.  He is a proud graduate of the Masters program at the University of Tennessee, and the Bachelors program of Southern Methodist University. He has taught Acting, Audition Technique, Movement and Stage Combat at The University of Tennessee, The CLO Academy, Point Park University and PMT.  Local Theatre Credits: Quantum, The City Theater, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, The Rep, PICT, Bricolage, TACT, Pittsburgh’s CLO, and, Front Porch Theatricals. Regional Credits: The Dallas Theater Center, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Casa Manana, Clarence Brown Theater, Hope Summer Rep, and PCPA.  Film Credits: Dear Zoe (2010), The Last Witch Hunter (2015), Into the Dark (2014), 5th Dimension (2012). Television Credits: Banshee 4th season, ep.4.

Alan Stanford (Adapter and Director) Alan Stanford has been Artistic and Executive Director of PICT Classic Theatre since 2013, although he worked with the company for several years prior to that. He came to Pittsburgh from Dublin in Ireland, where he was an associate actor and director at the renowned Gate Theatre for over 30 years. As an actor at the Gate he portrayed a multitude of roles but was best known for his performances as Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, a production which toured the world and for Herod in Oscar Wilde’s Salome, a performance that has been acclaimed internationally. He continued to play Pozzo for twenty years on various tours of the United States and around the world as well as repeating the role in a film of the play made for the Beckett on Film series.
As a director he was regarded as a leading authority on the works of Wilde, as well as Shakespeare and Samuel Beckett. He worked with famed British playwrights Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard and Christopher Hampton. He also established his own company Second Age which concentrated on classic texts especially for younger audiences. He was also Director of Theatre at the Project Arts Centre for four years, directing and appearing in many productions, his most notable performance being de Sade in Marat/Sade. His productions there included works by Shaw, Arbuzov, Grahame Greene, Brecht and Shakespeare. In addition, Alan worked as a restaurant critic and weekly columnist for the Irish Independent, Irelands largest selling daily newspaper.

Cory F. Goddard* (Stage Manager) is in his 15th season with PICT.  He enjoys making theatre in Pittsburgh and has worked with Quantum, Bricolage, Kinetic, The REP, Texture Contemporary Ballet, and Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Cory is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace College and member of Actors’ Equity. When not in a theater he is usually enjoying his plants and records or traveling with his sister.

Jason Shavers* (Assistant Stage Manager) Jason Shavers is very excited to be working with PICT for the first time! Past ASM credits include Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s productions of Dreamgirls and Hair as well as Pittsburgh CLO’s productions of First Date and Perfect Wedding. Primarily an actor, he was also seen onstage in those productions as well. A graduate of Point Park University, Jason has also performed with many other local theater companies including City Theater, The REP at Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Stage Right, Bricolage, the August Wilson Center, No Name Players, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Opera. Film credits include Not Cool and Fathers & Daughters. Jason is also a teaching artist who has worked with the Pittsburgh CLO Academy of Musical Theater and Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Creative Dramatics and Shakespeare Monologue/Scene Competition programs. A proud member of Actor’s Equity and SAG-AFTRA.

Kristopher Buggey (Sound Design and Recording Supervisor) Kris Buggey is proud to be working with PICT once again as sound designer after having designed PICT’s radio play The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll as well as the staged productions of The Heiress, Run the Rabbit Path, Old Curiosity Shop, Jane Eyre, Romeo & Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, The Lion in Winter and Jacques Brel. Kris’ previous works include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and A Soldier’s Heart for the Pittsburgh Playhouse, Yo Vikings! for Playhouse Jr, The LAB Project’s The Gospel Singer, and Bricolage’s BUS10 and BUS11 as well as Saint’s Tour. Kris has also worked regularly for G4’s Menopause the Musical! tour as head audio engineer. Thank you to all the people who believe in what theatre is and what it does for everyone who is a part of it.

Reed Allen Worth (Assistant Sound Designer and Music Director) Reed Allen Worth- Is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association. He graduated from Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center as well as Point Park University. He has worn many hats for PICT; from building sets, starring in world premieres, running sound, to writing and recording music for the shows. Reed is always proud and to be a part of the team and is so happy to be able to pursue his many artistic endeavors with PICT. IG-@reed.worth

Patrick Ian McCall (Production Manager) Patrick Ian McCall is a general practitioner of theatre, having worked as a stagehand, carpenter, electrician, scenic artist, actor, director, stage manager, educator, administrator, and designer of lighting, props, and sound. Patrick is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

* Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers.